On Feb. 24, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) extended the comment period for the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order proposed rule (published in the Federal Register on Jan. 17) from Mar. 20 until Apr. 19th 2017.
Upon expiration of the extended comment period, we expect USDA to do a thorough and timely review of the comments and then publish its final proposal in order to facilitate a vote on the proposed program by the organic sector, the final step in the process.
It is important to build a strong record of support in order to convince the new administration to move from a proposed to a final rule (subject to industry vote) to establish the Organic Checkoff.
Now is the time for industry and consumers to submit comments to USDA in support of the proposal. If you are a farmer or business make your comment here http://groorganic.net/business-action/
Forward this one to customers and consumer to make comments: http://groorganic.net/consumer-action
The deadline to submit comments is April 19th 2017.
Read a few OpEd’s on the subject:
- Civil Eats:Organic Checkoff Program Advances
- Food Tank:It’s time we get serious about organic farming
- Food Navigator: USDA Calls for Comment on Organic Check-off Proposal as Demand for Organic Outstrips Supply
- Sustainable Food News: Feds Propose U.S. Organic Check-off Scheme
- Huffington Post:Can the Organic Industry Soar This Year?
Please use the attached PDF to distribute this information to your colleagues, customers and consumers.